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Little Orme

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There was magical fog on our hike around the Little Orme near Llandudno, but before it rolled in we enjoyed the afternoon sun, the coconut scent of gorse flowers, and even a few easter bunnies that hung around as we hiked past.

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Using WordPress. On Android. On a Mac.

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I recently read an article on The Verge about how you can run Android apps on a Mac (or PC) using Chrome. That was all the invitation I needed to try it out. So off I went to find the three things I needed:
1. An APK
2. A PC, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook on Chrome Version 41+.
3. The ARC Welder app

I have a Mac, and you can download the ARC Welder app from the Chrome store, so all that was left was the APK. I’ve never owned an Android device, so I wasn’t sure what an APK was, but I assumed it was some kind of file type for Android apps. (It turns out APK stands for Android application package.) The article I read said you can get APKs from the Google Play Store, but I didn’t have any luck finding them there. Luckily, I had another idea.

I was most interested in testing (maybe you guessed already) the WordPress app. Since it’s an open-source app, I headed to the WordPress Android app repo on GitHub. There’s a release page there where you can download the APKs for all of the previous releases. Bingo!

After installing ARC Welder and adding the WordPress APK, the app fired up and I was ready to go. Easy peasy. The biggest challenge now is figuring out how to interact with a touch app on my laptop. For example, I have to tap twice to paste, rather than using a keyboard shortcut. But it’s really fun to explore the app this way, especially as it’s my first time interacting with the WordPress Android app (which is a bit different from the iOS app that I use on a daily basis).

And here I am, composing my first blog post on the app. Pretty neat. :)

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Childless by Choice

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People with children have told me that it is virtually impossible to put into words what they gain from their children. “I would be at a loss to describe it in any way other than clichés,” a friend told me. “You can’t know what you are missing until you are on the other side.” Well, I don’t know what it feels like to bungee jump either, yet people don’t try to convince me to hurl myself into a canyon. Besides, I might be able to jump once and then decide that it isn’t for me. With having children this obviously isn’t an option.
The Answer is Never, by Sabine Heinlein

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Soleá: “I have to share what I have lived.”

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I am, heart and soul, a tango dancer. For all the other forms of dance I love, I found my home in tango. But if there were another dance that I think I could adopt and explore and make my own, it’s flamenco. I am fascinated by flamenco. I enjoy listening to flamenco music, and I love the relationship between the music and the dancer:

Look, listen to the guitar because he’s playing the guitar beautifully for you. He’s asking for bulería, listen to him.

It sounds just like my experience with tango, where the music can entice you do dance in certain ways, where the dance is nothing without the music. And there is never an end to what you can learn, what more you can do with it, where it can take you:

There are so many beautiful things in flamenco. That’s why you will never finish learning: you always have to be learning no matter how many years you have been doing it. You may know it, but you will never finish learning. Really, I still don’t know because the more I listen to flamenco I realize that I’m further behind, because flamenco is a music that has no end.

And if the connections between flamenco and tango intrigue you, you might enjoy Diego el Cigala’s flamenco interpretations of tango in Cigala&Tango. One of my favorites is his version of “En esta tarde gris,” composed by Mariano Mores and José María Contursi.